EL CAJON, Calif. – In a span of just five days, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation – in partnership with Lowe’s, San Diego Habitat for Humanity and local homebuilders – will build four homes from the ground up.
El Cajon, California, native Jimmie Johnson will visit the volunteers and families during the build, which runs from June 22 to June 26.
The homes represent the second phase of Habitat for Humanity’s Foundation Lane community – four homes were built in 2009 through a generous gift of nearly $1 million from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. Johnson and his wife, Chandra, return to El Cajon with another substantial donation of $50,000 from their foundation to help build the first four homes of the next phase of the development.
“Chandra and I are extremely excited to see phase two of this development become a reality,” Johnson said. “It’s great to see the progress of the families from phase one. We are proud to partner with Lowe’s, local builders and Habitat for Humanity to expand Foundation Lane and provide homes for more families.”
Lowe’s, proud racing sponsor of Johnson and longtime supporter of Habitat for Humanity, is donating another $50,000 to the build efforts in El Cajon.
“Lowe’s is committed to strengthening the communities where we live and work by helping ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable housing,” said Joan Higginbotham, director of community relations at Lowe’s. “We’re excited to help Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmie Johnson Foundation make a meaningful impact on the El Cajon community through the Home Builders Blitz.”
The completed homes will be sold to Habitat for Humanity Partner Families who qualify according to Habitat for Humanity’s family selection criteria – a demonstrated need for improved housing, the ability to repay an affordable mortgage, and willingness to partner with Habitat by completing 250-500 sweat-equity hours before moving into the homes.
“Working alongside partner families, volunteers and generous sponsors, Habitat for Humanity builds simple, decent, affordable housing for local families in need,” said Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “This mission is possible because of the support of great partners like the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe’s, and we are so grateful to be working with them once again in El Cajon.”